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Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

The September issue of "Christophorus," a magazine for Porsche enthusiasts, is causing a kerfuffle among some California physicians and hospital leaders who e-mailed it to each other in a rage this week. 

That's because the publication contains a 9-page glamour spread showing 10 blue-scrubbed physicians on staff at San Diego's 306-bed Alvarado Hospital, all touting their expensive Porches, which sit glistening beside them in the hospital parking lot.

"Calling 911 has a special meaning at Alvarado," the article begins. "Driving a historic 911 Targa through Southern California is the favorite pastime of Hugh Laurie, the British actor playing TV doctor Gregory House. But this passion for Porsche is easily topped by the top doctors of Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. You just have to check out the parking lot. And you can count for yourself. One, two, three..."

Don't these doctors know about the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR), and the Medicare pay cut's one-two punch scheduled for a 23% drop on Dec. 1 and 1.9% on Jan. 1? (On Nov. 2, CMS revised its estimate from 30%.) Physicians across the U.S. are desperately seeking to repeal it, even as some of them contemplate dropping Medicare patients.  This kind of an article, coming now, is unseemly.

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9 comments on "Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo"


Maria Hannegan (11/5/2010 at 7:13 PM)
I don't like the way the article portrays doctors who have the ability to buy sports cars. Dr. Pedram Salimpur went through many years of schooling and has always been a great doctor to my daughter. He is attentive, kind, and deserves to spend his hard earned money on whatever he chooses. He always takes personnel interest and personally follows up on her progress and well being no matter what time of day.

stacy (11/5/2010 at 2:29 PM)
Why should this reporter or any other person care what hobbies another person has or how someone spends their money. The Porsche articel was a fun article. It seems as if the article from the San Diego reporter was written in an attempt to stir up controversy where none exists. I guess the hobbies a few docotrs might have are more improtant than the flooding in Haiti or the elections that just passed. I would like to know in these difficult economic times who is allowed to have a nice car, go on vacation, go to the movies, or out to eat? Is it just doctors who should do none of the above? I guess when I am in the hospital today doing my 36 hour shift caring for patients, I can only think that the reporter who wrote this article has had a nice meal, has the luxury of being at home spending time with her family, and sleepign in her own comfortable bed.

Michael Murphy (11/5/2010 at 2:19 PM)
Why are all the negative comments just against Mazer? That guy is a backstabber and an idiot because he is a dr at the same hospital and is going on record against his colleagues. But Stewart Frank is just as much of a moron. Why would you be so stupid as to talk to a reporter about fellow doctors like this? have you no integrity at all?